Patrick Holzapfel
Austria

Filmfest Munich Review: THE VOICE OF SOKUROV, Another Boring Film On An Exciting Filmmaker

It seems to be of great importance to film festivals around the globe to include films about filmmakers in their program. This genre guarantees a certain interest among the festival visitors and is usually very, well, boring. Of course, there... More »
  

Mechanical Ghosts On The Run: Peter Tscherkassky Retrospective On Doc Alliance

For two weeks Doc Alliance,an European online streaming platform for documentaries has been presenting many digital copies of Austrian avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky's films for free. Tscherkassky, whose latest The Exquisite Corpus premiered a few days ago in Cannes,... More »
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: IEC LONG, A Haunting Exploration Of Macau's Lost Firecracker Industry

Chinese rockets explode in front of our curious eyes, and disappear in the black clouds of a nocturnal sky. The past haunts our ruins, overlapping times consisting of moving photographs and still film images. An old man has worked in... More »
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: FISH TAIL, Political And Personal Poetry Of Poverty

Fish Tail by Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel is an essayistic scream for freedom beyond globalization. Set in the village of Rabo de Peixe (translates "fish tail") on the Azores, this follow-up to Pinto's acclaimed What Now? Remind Me is... More »
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: AFERIM!, A Gorgeous And Angry Road Trip Through Romania's Past

For over a decade Romanian Cinema has produced many breathtakingly great films and directors like Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristian Mungiu or Călin Peter Netzer have gained international recognition and are household names in world cinema. The usual term of... More »
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: AS WE WERE DREAMING Dreams About Lost Emotions But Never Really Touches

Andreas Dresen's As We Were Dreaming, an adaptation of a German bestselling novel by Clemens Meyer, tries to change our perception of what happened in East Germany in the time after the collapse of the Berlin wall. Instead of presenting... More »
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: QUEEN OF EARTH Proves How Great Faces Look On Film

Alex Ross Perry is a more than promising young director. He courageously combines intimacy, humor and a sense for cinematic language and form. Nevertheless, his latest, Queen of Earth, is a step back for the young director in terms of maturity... More »
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Book Review: BE SAND, NOT OIL - THE LIFE AND WORK OF AMOS VOGEL Or The Almost Lost Subversion In Cinema

When people attain a fascination with the medium of film they rarely choose a career in education. More often they become filmmakers, film critics (which is or at least should be some kind of education) and most often (like all... More »
  

Hobbitty Twitches: Our Favorite Film Dragons

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now in cinemas all over half the world, an will soon arrive in the other half as well. And for those who saw the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Viennale 2014: Talking With Julian Radlmaier About A PROLETARIAN WINTER'S TALE

No one can seriously doubt that there is a black hole in German cinema. This black hole comes, among other things, from a lack of interest and awareness in film as such with all its history, languages and forms. There are... More »
  

Viennale 2014: Filmmaking On High Seas-An Interview With Pedro Costa

It was a very special occasion for me to talk to Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa. He is one of the last rock stars in directing today, a maverick in the tradition of a craft orientated directing style but like with... More »
  

Viennale 2014 Review: OUT-TAKES FROM THE LIFE OF A HAPPY MAN Transforms Memories Into Reality

Anyone familiar with the work of legendary avant garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas will instantly feel at home with his 2012 work Out-Takes From The Life Of A Happy Man that screened together with Andy Warhol's Tiger Morse (Reel 14 of... More »
  

Viennale 2014 Review: Bruno Dumont Reinvents Himself and The Possibilities Of TV-Series In His LI'L QUINQUIN

In a mesmerizing and totally unexpected move French filmmaker Bruno Dumont has reinvented not only himself but also the crime-genre and the format of television series. In his LI'l Quinquin which has been astonishing critics since its premiere at this... More »
  

The Flame Of Cinema: The Viennale 2014

Oh well, the highlight of world-wide cinephilia is about to begin: The Viennale 2014, running from October 23 to November 6. It is - as every inhabitant of Austria's capital and surely many film enthusiasts around the globe will tell... More »
  

Hamburg Filmfest Review 2014: JAUJA Is A Mystic Paradise Of Fiction

If there were any remaining questions about the status of Lisandro Alonso as one of the most important and brave contemporary filmmakers, Jauja answers them all. With a star like Viggo Mortensen as a magnet for those who otherwise would... More »
  

Hamburg Filmfest 2014 Review: AUGUST WINDS Gets Your Whole Body Covered In Coca-Cola

Gabriel Mascaro's August Winds (Ventos de Agosto) is a love-dance of life and death. With a remarkable background in documentary filmmaking, the Brazilian Mascaro combines an observational nonfiction-styled movement and a poetical reflection on age, youth, flesh, and memory. There is... More »
  

Nine Oscar Contenders And More At The Filmfest Hamburg

Among a growing group of European film festivals showcasing movies that premiered earlier during the year, the Hamburg Filmfest is surely one of the most unbent and well-programmed events. This year, it will take place from September 25 to October... More »
  

Review: THE ZERO THEOREM, A Step Back Into The Future

In Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, the old master of visual overload and absurd humor heads back to his "Brazilian" roots. He tells the story of Qohen Leth, a schizophrenic futuristic data mathematician trying to find a solution for the... More »
  

Vienna In September: Be Prepared To Hear Somebody Scream In A Cinema Near You

Again, going to a cinema in Vienna in September might turn out to be a pretty bloody and scary experience. Not only does the Slash Filmfestival with its never ending love for the excesses of fantastic cinema lure the inclined... More »
  
 
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